Perhaps you are looking for a change in direction? Or are more interested in helping others to have a career within hairdressing. If this is the case then setting up your own hairdressing academy could be the answer. 
Training academies utilize teaching and assessing skills to help train students to an NVQ standard. Teaching can be a very rewarding career, giving the opportunity to train, mentor and qualify students to become successful hairdressers themselves.

Check out these four smart steps required to set up your very own training school...

Step 1 - Assessing


It’s important to have the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) qualification so that you are qualified to observe and review your learners training and real life work. NVQ students in a training setting will need a qualified assessor to observe them and give constructive feedback.

The Level 3 assessing qualification takes roughly six weeks to complete, with either two days classroom attendance or entirely distance learning. During the process you will complete eight practice assessments on two staff members within a salon. Once the eight assessments are finished you will become a fully qualified NVQ assessor.

Holding this qualification means you can skip one of the units in Step 2

Step 2 - Teaching


It’s important to match up your own experience / qualifications with some formal teaching skills. An entry level teaching qualification like the Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS) will cover topics such as roles and responsibilities, lesson planning and schemes of work. Candidates also get real life teaching practice by delivering their own 15 minute micro lesson to a group.

The course can be completed over 3 classroom days or through distance learning for those who are pushed for time. It requires writing three essays, which are in a straightforward format through the use of templates. 

If you hold the Level 3 assessing qualification you will only need to write two essays

Step 3 - IQA


Running a training academy requires you to monitor and observe other assessors and teachers within the organisation. This is important for internal quality assurance purposes and helps to maintain high standards within the academy.

The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (IQA) is the last step in the qualification jigsaw. This is a 2 day classroom attendance course with further time permitted afterwards to track two assessors within your organisation. 

Awarding bodies will require one person within your organisation to hold this qualification before signing up with them

Step 4 - Awarding Body


Once steps 1-3 are complete you are now ready to sign up to an awarding body. They are responsible for the framework of the qualifications that you wish to teach. It is also often possible to purchase resources and use official logos / accreditation on your company materials.

The awarding body will monitor your centre to ensure you are adhering to the necessary standard of the industry. They will also issue nationally recognised certificates to successful learners, which will reflect well on the academy.

Train Aid recommend TQUK who run a range of NVQ qualifications in Hair, beauty and barbering